The Presidency: Last Roll Call For the Reaganauts

Last Roll Call For the Reaganauts

POLITICAL RENEGADE PAT BUCHANAN RAISED HIS UMBRELLA AGAINST the gray, damp sky last week as he surveyed the line of guests filing into the White House for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. "The last roll call," he said.

He was right. There were 250 members of the power establishment of 12 years and earlier, and they flocked and laughed together, even as workers nearby hammered together the Inaugural stands for the installation of Bill Clinton. An era ended with more than a tinge of sadness for its creators, yet cheer lingered from the exhilaration of such a journey.

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